Modern Literal Version
Modern Literal Version
[ John 1]




     {Joh 1:1-18 Jesus' Deity; see also Php 2:6, Gen 1:26.}



     1:1 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. 1:2 This one was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things became through him, and without him nothing became that has become into being. 1:4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 1:5 And the light is appearing in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake {Or: comprehend} it.



     1:6 It happened that a man came, having been sent from God, and his name was John. 1:7 This one came to be a witness, in order that he might testify concerning the light, in order that all should believe through him. 1:8 He was not the light, but came in order that he might testify concerning the light.



     1:9 He was the true light coming into the world, the light which illuminates every man. 1:10 He was in the world and the world became through him and the world did not know him.



     1:11 He came to his own and those who were his own did not receive him. 1:12 But as many as received him, he gave to them the authority to become children of God, to the believing ones in his name, 1:13 who were born, not from bloods, nor from the will of the flesh, nor from the will of man, but from God.



     1:14 And the Word became flesh and resided among us (and we saw his glory, glory like thatof the only begotten from the Father), full of favor and truth. 1:15 John testifies concerning him and has cried, saying, This one was he of whom I spoke, He who is coming after me, has become before me, because he was first, then me. 1:16 And we all received out of his fullness and favor in exchange-for favor. 1:17 Because the law was given through Moses; the favor and the truth became through Jesus Christ. 1:18 No one has seen God at anytime; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, that one has described him.




     {Joh 1:19-34 Bethany beyond Jordan, Feb. 27 AD; no parallel.}



     1:19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem in order that they might ask him, Who are you?



     1:20 And he confessed and did not deny, and he confessed, I am not the Christ.



     1:21 And they asked him,Therefore, what? Are you Elijah?



     And he says, I am not.



     Are you the prophet?



     And he answered, No.



     1:22 Therefore they said to him, Who are you? In order that we might give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say concerning yourself?



     1:23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness. MakeĎ straight the way of the Lord, just-as Isaiah the prophet said. {Isa 40:3}



     1:24 And those who had been sent, were from the Pharisees. 1:25 And they asked him, and said to him, Therefore why do you immerse*, if you are not the Christ, neither Elijah, nor the prophet?



     1:26 John answered them, saying, I immerse* in water, but one is standing in yourĎ midst whom youĎ do not know. 1:27 It is he who is coming after me, who has become before me. I am not worthy that* I should loose the strap of his shoes. 1:28 These things happened in Bethany beyond-that area of the Jordan, where John was immersing*.



     {Maybe: Mat 3:11-17, Mar 1:7-11, Luk 3:21-22 & Joh 1:29-34}



     1:29 On the next-day he sees Jesus coming toward him and says, Behold, the Lamb of God, who is taking away the sin of the world! 1:30 This one is he, concerning whom I said, A man is coming after me who has become before me, because he was first; then me. 1:31 And I did not know him, but in order that he should be manifested to Israel. I came immersing* in water because of this. 1:32 And John testified, saying, I have seen the Spirit coming down like a dove from heaven, and it remained upon him. 1:33 And I did not know him, but he who sent me to immerse* in water, that one said to me, Upon whomever you see the Spirit coming down and remaining upon him, this one is he who immerses* in the Holy Spirit. 1:34 And I have seen, and have testified, that this is the Son of God.




     {Joh 1:35-51 Bethany beyond Jordan, Spring 27 AD.}



     1:35 Again on the next-day, John and two others from his disciples stood around. 1:36 And having looked at Jesus walking, he says, Behold, the Lamb of God! 1:37 And the two disciples heard him speak and they followed Jesus.



     1:38 Now Jesus, having turned, saw them following, and says to them, What are youĎ seeking?



     But they said to him, Rabbi (which is to say, by translation: Teacher), where do you abide?



     1:39 He says to them, ComeĎ and seeĎ.



     They went and saw where he abode, and they remained with him that day. It was approximately the tenth hour. 1:40 One out of the two who heard this from John was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother and he followed him. 1:41 This one finds first his own brother Simon and says to him, We have found the Messiah (which is, after being translated, The Christ).



     1:42 And he led him toward Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, You are Simon, the Son of Jonah, you will be called Cephas, which is by translation, a Pebble.




     1:43 On the next-day, he wished to go out into Galilee, and he finds Philip, and Jesus says to him, Follow me.



     1:44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, from the city of Andrew and Peter. 1:45 Philip finds Nathanael and says to him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law and the prophets wrote, Jesus from Nazareth, the son of Joseph.



     1:46 And Nathanael said to him, Is any good thing able to be coming out of Nazareth?



     Philip says to him, Come and behold!



     1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and says concerning him, Behold, an Israelite in whom there truly is no treachery!



     1:48 Nathanael says to him, From where do you know me?



     Jesus answered and said to him, Before Philip summoned you, I saw you being under the fig tree.



     1:49 Nathanael answered and says to him, Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.



     1:50 Jesus answered and said to him, Is it because I said to you, I saw you underneath the fig tree that you believe? You will be seeing greater than these things.1:51 And he says to him,Assuredly, assuredly, I am saying to youĎ, From now on, youĎ will be seeing the heaven has opened, and the messengers of God ascending and coming down upon the Son of Man.





Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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